Charles H. Hamilton

Charles H. Hamilton, M.D., 89, of Jaffrey died at his home on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, after a period of failing health during which he was lovingly cared for by his devoted family.

Charles was a proud Jaffrey native, born on Aug. 15, 1930, to Axel H. and Anna (Johansson) Hamilton. He was a graduate of Conant High School, the University of New Hampshire and, in 1956, Tufts Medical School. He then served as a U.S. Navy physician aboard the USNS Geiger. During his year of residency at the VA Hospital in Milwaukee, Wis., he married Sylvia Barnaby, whom he had met in Cambridge, Mass. In 1964, Charles returned to Jaffrey, where he established a surgical and general medical practice. He regularly made house calls until he retired in 1999.

His life was grounded in the principles of hard work and self-reliance, and he had a profound admiration of the natural world. He treasured the companionship of his family’s English Mastiffs. Next to family gatherings he was happiest outdoors splitting and stacking wood.

Charles was a voracious reader of history and political philosophy. He found great joy in the arts, including opera, Broadway and the silver screen. He was an expert on Frank Lloyd Wright.

He participated in many Jaffrey civic organizations.

Charles is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sylvia; his daughters: Cynthia Rouvalis and her husband, Mark, of Concord: and Alyssa Shooshan and her husband, Joel Maiola, of Bedford; his son, Erik Hamilton and his wife, Lisa, of Boston; three grandchildren: Maria and Peter Rouvalis, and Kate Shooshan; and his sister-in-law, Cynthia Eaves Hamilton of Jaffrey.

In addition to his parents, Charles was predeceased by his siblings: Erik (Harry) Hamilton in 1945; John H. Hamilton in 2002: Mary C. Hamilton in 2010; and Arthur H. Hamilton in 2019.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at 11 a.m. at The First Church in Jaffrey, 14 Laban Ainsworth Way, Jaffrey. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a Jaffrey organization of one’s choice.

To share memories or condolences with Charles’ family, please visit his memorial page www.cournoyerfh.com